Medication ? - Geneseo,NY

Updated on August 02, 2010
A.M. asks from Geneseo, NY
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My doctor just put me on DOXYCYCL HYC 100MG CAP today for Bronchitis (I am allergic to everything else.)

However, I am now worried about the side effects of this medication and wondering if I should be taking it on an empty stomach like it says and whether or not I really need to take with a full eight ounces of water.

I want to get better, but I am so worried about side effects.

Looking for your thoughts...if you have ever taken this med and the side effects you have had.


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answers from Dover on

I have had at least one (often more) round of bronchitis every year since I was a very young child. No only should you drink that 8oz of water, you should drink as much liquids as possible. The more hydrated you are, the more it loosens congestion. If you can't take anything else but don't want to take this because of the possible side effects (I am not familiar with this drug) you should talk to your doctor about do need an antibotic to get better though.

Regardless of the medication and liquids be sure to get lots of rest.

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answers from Washington DC on

i'm not sure what's up here. if you're worried about side effects, why on earth would you consider NOT following the instructions precisely?

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answers from Austin on

If it says to take it on an empty stomach with 8oz water, you should probably do it... different medications need different "mediums" to absorb... so if it says no eating, and you do, then maybe the medicine will just get passed with the food instead of absorbing into your system... same with water... it might need that much liquid to disperse the way it's supposed to. What does the pamphlet that comes with it say? I had some pills that said no food/full glass of water, but the pamphlet said that it could be taken with a snack if upset stomach occurs...

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answers from Atlanta on

Hi A.,

Remembering that it is an antibiotic you will want to take a probiotic to keep the yeast away. There's no way to determine what side effects will happen to you because you are different from everyone else. Everything is statistics. You have a unique body chemistry that the meds will contraindicate with.

If you're afraid of the side effects, have you considered taking something natural to get rid of the bronchitis? There are quite a few options if you'd like to go that route. My family doesn't take antibiotics simply for that same reason. They break down the immune system and open you up for more sickness.

God bless. and I hope you feel better soon!




answers from Indianapolis on

I took doxycycline for years fir acne, and I was simply told to take it with water and to avoid dairy products (they interfere with the body's ability to absorb the antibiotic). Different manufacturers put it in different forms, so a capsule may be a different delivery system than a pill that I took.

If you have any questions, ask your pharmacist. They're really the authority. A lot of times, the computers generate the labels, and because each person reacts differently, you may not experience any of the side effects. Or, you may have some completely different. The FDA requires that side effects occurring in more than 2% of the population in clinical trials and once on the market be included in their label.

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answers from Dallas on

I agree with the poster that said LOTS of water. Also ditto to the no dairy. Dairy is certainly bad for creating congestion. Same with highly processed and fatty foods.



answers from San Antonio on

Drinking the water is for 2, to keep you hydrated as you need to be when sick and two to make sure the pill goes all the way down into your stomach. Some medications if they stop in your esophagus and don't make it all the way into your stomach can really irritate the lining...or so I've been told.

Follow the directions on the medication...and try not to worry about all the side effects listed on the package...they have to print them and the odds of you having them are slim. If you do then let your doctor know...stomach upset and diarrhea are common will almost all eating yogurt or taking probiotics help rebuild you good bacteria in your intestinal tract.

Hope you feel better soon!!

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